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True confessions from an honest-to-goodness working actor in Hollywood and tips from showbiz professionals in casting and directing come together in this invaluable resource for movie-star hopefuls looking to break into the industry. Recognizing that the last thing someone from Los Angeles needs is one more impossible-to-navigate roadmap, this handbook is presented like a textbook, complete with a large glossary and an extensive list of online resources. Standing firmly behind his advice, the author includes a ...
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Overview

True confessions from an honest-to-goodness working actor in Hollywood and tips from showbiz professionals in casting and directing come together in this invaluable resource for movie-star hopefuls looking to break into the industry. Recognizing that the last thing someone from Los Angeles needs is one more impossible-to-navigate roadmap, this handbook is presented like a textbook, complete with a large glossary and an extensive list of online resources. Standing firmly behind his advice, the author includes a diary section in which he gives each tip and tactic a test run and writes candidly about the results.
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Daily Breeze
Sometimes funny, always factual, somehow optimistic, lively and thoroughly enjoyable.
Easy Reader
Non-starry eyed, systematic guide through the terrain of agents, headshots, unions, and actor's training...workmanlike, organized.
Small Press Bookwatch
Very highly recommended reading for anyone aspiring to a career as a screen actor and searching for practical and 'user friendly' guide to getting started in their chosen career.
Library Journal
Among the more revelatory insights into a Hollywood actor's life in the iconic A Day in the Life of Hollywood is a picture of an attractive casting director blithely flinging headshots from a huge stack on her desk into an already bulging garbage can. Haffar's blue-collar workmanlike text aims to make sense of that and other madness for aspiring actors. Haffar who, you may ask? Exactly. But the businessman/writer/actor's relative anonymity works to his advantage as he shares his own experiences and very modest successes in Hollywood. All the obligatory material like headshots, agents, scams, training, auditions, unions, and living in Los Angeles is covered in a style and tone that is alternately and suitably pessimistic and encouraging. Appropriate for performing arts collections in need of current vocational and career guidance material for professional actors.-Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780971545137
  • Publisher: Ameera Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Rif K. Haffar is a first-generation, immigrant-American businessman, traveler, actor, and member of the Screen Actors Guild. He has an educational background in television production and is the author of Away from My Desk: A Round-the-World Detour from the Rat Race, the Tech Wreck, and the Traffic Jam of Life in America. He lives in Los Angeles.
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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    today's acting field and how to break into it

    Rif Haffar is one of those fortunate aspiring actors who got his career going in a relatively short time. Within months of starting out, he was making some income. And within the year, he was a member of the Screen Actors Guild with an agent and had made many appearances in films and TV shows. Yet he does not lose sight of what getting an acting career started is like for the large majority of newcomers. In this 'Roadmap to Stardom,' he's as helpful and encouraging as he can be without raising false hopes. The value of his book is that it describes the acting workplace, tells the young, beginning actor how to get a foot in the door of the business, and prepares the reader to make important decisions which come up during the early stages of a career. Joining the Screen Actors Guild when the opportunity arises versus remaining a non-union actor for a while longer to get more work and experience is one such choice Haffar discusses. The author unfailingly gives sensible advice and imparts relevant information on all areas and steps the beginning actor will face. Frequent insets of quotes by Hollywood insiders and of show business facts work with the text to give the reader a good idea of what the business is really like. In the author's diary covering several months he relates details of specific assignments while at the same time displays his enjoyment in working in the field even with its setbacks. The book is of worth to the aspiring actor for its demonstration of the temperament conducive to success in the demanding, often nerve-wracking field as for its knowledgeable and practical content. Haffar's book is a reliable map for sure, but also an up-to-date reference with its appendices of resources such as casting agencies and trade publications, its glossary containing many current terms, and its four-page bibliography.

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